Bonjour Paris!

Webhelp UK sends team member on dream trip 

A Webhelp UK team member is preparing for a dream break after beating off competition from hundreds of his colleagues.

Alan Rew is set to swap the company’s Rothesay contact centre for Paris where he and his partner will be treated to a luxury weekend bed and breakfast break, complete with spending money.

The competition was launched in February after French company Webhelp Group purchased Webhelp UK, creating one of the largest independently-owned customer experience organisations in the world with 16,500 employees globally.

To give staff in the UK a chance to see the home of the new global headquarters, entrants were asked to tell bosses in 100 words or less exactly why they believed they and friend deserved to go on the trip.

61 year old Alan impressed the judges after revealing that he is the chairman of a local Petanque club on Bute. The game is quintessentially French and involves throwing hollow metal balls, known as boules as close as possible to a wooden ball called a cochonnet.

Alan said: “I thought it was a really imaginative and engaging way of marking our new ‘French Connection’, and if this is a sign of things to come, then it’s very encouraging! I am something of a Francophile. My family is of French descent, though admittedly a couple of centuries ago. My partner and I are thrilled to have this opportunity and will certainly make the most of our time in Paris, especially knowing what good use so many others could have made of the chance to go. As well as enjoying the sites, I plan to represent both Bute and Webhelp UK in a few games of my favourite French pastime!”

 


Derby’s Easter Surprise for Sick Kids

There was an unexpected bonus for the young patients in Derby Infirmary when a team from the city's fast-growing customer experience company Webhelp UK turned up to give out some Easter Eggs to youngsters unfortunately spending their Easter in hospital.

The company who now employ over 1200 staff in their Pride Park operation are determined to make a positive impact in the Derby area and have elected a team of Engagement Ambassadors to forge positive links within the community.

The hospital visit was a perfect opportunity to reach out, although the team caused a bit of disruption in the Puffin Ward when their arrival, laden down with Easter eggs, coincided with lunch being served.

Next stop with the children's A and E where, thankfully, there were not too many youngsters waiting for treatment - but enough to appreciate the gesture.

"I'm really glad we managed to do this over Easter," said Abigail Matemazano, who headed up the team. "The eggs seemed to be very well received and we are looking forward to having more interaction with the Derby community."

Kerry Brady, Events and Community Fundraiser at the infirmary was full of praise for the gesture.

"I'd like to thank the Webhelp UK team for their visit and the Easter egg donation. It was nice of them to think of others at this time of the year. "

Webhelp UK Derby Volunteers